Scam Diego Entries for August, 2009

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Orange County Register Parent to File Bankruptcy: Report

Orange County-based Freedom Communications, publisher of the Orange County Register plus 32 other dailies and 77 weeklies, will file for ...

Professor Tells How Convention Center Stats Grossly Mislead

Heywood Sanders, professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio, and the ranking national authority on convention centers, has ...

Convention Center Embarrasses Self, San Diego Again

In today's Voice of San Diego, Steve Johnson, flack for the convention center, calls Heywood Sanders, professor at the University ...

Scholar Says He Is "Misrepresented" in Convention Task Force Report

Heywood Sanders, professor at the University of Texas-San Antonio, and generally considered the ranking expert on convention centers, says he ...

Rancho Santa Fe Mortgage Speculator Backs Out of Saab Deal

Mark Bishop of Rancho Santa Fe has stepped down from the board of Koenigsegg Group AB, a tiny upscale Swedish ...

SD's Leading Indicators Inch Up, but Not Encouragingly

The leading indicators of the San Diego economy published by University of San Diego economist Alan Gin, rose slightly in ...

Shipione Warns It May Be Too Late to Stop "Pension Mischief"

Diann Shipione, the whistle blower who exposed San Diego's pension fraud, yesterday warned the Governmental Accounting Standards Board that, "As ...

San Diego Big User of Virtual Retail Coupons

A new study of shopping coupons by Scarborough Research finds that Sunday newspapers are still the dominant distributors with 51% ...

Copley's Former Casa del Zorro, Financially Troubled, for Sale Again

Borrego Ranch Resort & Spa of Borrego Springs, formerly called La Casa del Zorro Desert Resort and owned by Copley ...

San Diego Home Prices Inch Up

San Diego home prices rose 1.6% from May to June, according to Case-Shiller home price indices published this morning (Aug. ...

Charlotte Russe Agrees to be Sold, Taken Private

Charlotte Russe, the San Diego-based young women's clothing retailer, has agreed to be purchased at a premium of 27% over ...

Accused Ponzi Schemer LaChina Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy

Richard LaChina (also spelled La China and Lachina), called "a serial Ponzi schemer and career impostor" in a civil suit ...

County Unemployment Rises to 10.3%. Questions Abound

The San Diego County unemployment rate rose to 10.3% in July from a revised 10.2% in June. That's up from ...

PUC Restrains SDGE from Implementing Backcountry Power Shutoff until Sept. 10

The Public Utilities Commission today (Aug. 20) issued a temporary restraining order enjoining San Diego Gas & Electric from implementing ...

SEC Halts Phony San Diego Investment Scheme

The Securities and Exchange Commission today (Aug. 20) obtained a federal court order halting an alleged securities fraud orchestrated by ...

CIA Hired Blackwater to Kill Jihadists, Says NY Times

In 2004, the Central Intelligence Agency hired outside contractors from the private mercenary firm Blackwater to locate and assassinate top ...

Two Plead Guilty to Bribing SPAWAR Official

Elizabeth Ramos and her husband Louis Williams of Chula Vista today (Aug. 19) pleaded guilty in federal court to paying ...

Water, Sewer Ratepayers Will Get UCAN Notices in Bills

Beginning tomorrow, San Diego water and sewer rate payers will be getting statements in their bills from Utility Consumers' Action ...

U-T to Stay in Mission Valley for Now; Vows Return to Profitability

The day after the axe fell at the U-T last Wednesday, the new management had meetings with employees. Among many ...

Union-Tribune Axe Falls Again. Kittle Reportedly Out

As expected, the Union-Tribune dropped some employees today (Wednesday). Supposedly, 20 people lost their jobs on the editorial side of ...

SEC Got 45 Complaints on Ex-Hedge Fund Pequot, Target of Gary Aguirre

The Securities and Exchange Commission admitted yesterday (Aug. 11) that since 2005 it had received 45 tips about insider trading ...

Rumors: More Layoffs at U-T

Union-Tribune employees continue to talk about more pending layoffs. Pressmen have received a notice that there will be layoffs between ...

Mother of Quarterback Brees Dies after Getting Subpoenaed

Mina Brees, prominent Texas attorney and estranged mother of Drew Brees, former Chargers quarterback (now with New Orleans), has died ...

Platinum Bidding for Globe, May Want Business Week

Platinum Equity, the Beverly Hills buyout firm that owns the Union-Tribune, is one of three bidders for the Boston Globe ...

U.S. Jobs Losses Slow without Much Help from Phony Stats

The U.S. lost 247,000 jobs in July, the fewest in a year, as the unemployment rate dipped slightly to 9.4%, ...

Mother Abby Sees New Bull Market. Time to Sell?

Abby Joseph Cohen, the perma-bull who is chairman of the Goldman Sachs investment policy committee, declared today that there is ...

Blackwater Head Wants to Rid World of Muslims: Testimony

Erik Prince, head of mercenary firm Blackwater, "views himself as a Christian crusader tasked with eliminating Muslims and the Islamic ...

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